News Bulletin: Trustees nix alcohol wands
October 11, 2012
By Brielle Schaeffer
Citing a desire to maintain trust between administrators and students, school trustees Wednesday rejected a proposal to use alcohol sensing devices on students at school functions.
The proposal failed 4 votes to 3.
Trustees Kate Mead, Paul D’Amours, Robbi Farrow and Greg Dennis voted against the alcohol wands. Trustees Janine Teske, Carlen Carney and Cherie Hawley voted in favor of them.
The proposal would have covered extracurricular activities like dances and sporting events.
Farrow, who had voted for the proposal during previous readings, spoke against using alcohol wands because they could hinder relationships between students and adults.
“I question the message we might be giving,” she said. “Success for students in school is relating to trust in the environment.”
Dozens of parents and community members came to speak in favor of the wands. For more on this story, see Friday’s Jackson Hole Daily.